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Any questions for Margaret Atwood?

Published 19th October 2009 - 0 comments - 887 views -

The Year of the FloodOff to meet the great Canadian writer Margaret Atwood tonight. She'll be reading from her latest book,  The Year of the Flood, a post-apocalyptic story about a group called God's Gardeners, a small community of survivors of the same environmental catastrophe depicted in her 2003 dystopian novel Oryx and Crake.

As the British philosopher John Gray pointed out in Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia, much of the millenarian and utopian thought that can be found in Christianity and which was absorbed by Soviet and Chinese communism is now seeping into the environmental movement. Fellow Th!nk About It blogger Jodi Bush explored this in his post If Climate Change is a religion, then who is our God? and I'd like to see if we it could use this as a springboard for generating questions that I could put to Margaret Attwood.

You now, like, "Is environmentalism more than just a 21st century remapping of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and myths?" That kind of thing.

"I knew there were things wrong in the world," Toby thinks of her girlhood days. But the wrong things were wrong somewhere else.
By the time she reached college, the wrongness had moved closer... Everybody knew. Nobody admitted to knowing. If other people began to discuss it, you tuned them out, because what they were saying was both so obvious and so unthinkable.
We're using up the Earth. It's almost gone.

Margaret Atwood, The Year of the Flood

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